At our Raleigh preschool, we love reading stories to or with the kids, and around holidays, we use books to help kids feel excited, embrace the season, or even overcoming worries. With Halloween just around the corner, we’re sharing some of our favorite books that will help you and your kids get into the spirit without being scared!
Room on the Broom
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson is a story that both kids and adults will love for it’s humor, heart, and sweet illustrations. It’s written in rhyme, which gives it a bouncy, fun energy, without sounding sing-songy.
The story features a kindly witch, her cantankerous cat, and the friends they meet on their journey who want to join them (much to the cat’s chagrin!). When disaster strikes, it’s teamwork to the rescue in this story about how there’s always room for new and old friends.
After reading this story, check out the Oscar-nominated short film on Netflix!
Written by Dav Pilkey, author of the best-selling Captain Underpants series, The Hallo-Wiener is a hilarious story about a lovable dachshund named Oscar who is tired of being teased by other dogs for his unconventional shape. It doesn’t help when, on Halloween, his mom makes him a hot dog costume (complete with mustard!). However, one brave act on Halloween shows the other dogs that a small dog can be a big hero!
Not only does this book have a great message about being different and trying to please others, but it is funny! The illustrations are great, and even older kids laugh out loud at the puns and silly antics.
Little Blue Truck’s Halloween
For toddlers and preschoolers who love to read about Little Blue Truck, there’s now a lift-the-flap Little Blue Truck’s Halloween. With its signature rhyming style and quaint illustrations, it’s sure to be a hit.
This new adventure is short enough to keep toddlers’ attention and helps teach animal names and sounds, which is always a benefit. However, the story itself is engaging on its own, featuring Blue taking his animal friends to a costume party, and kids have fun guessing which animals are “hiding” under their masks!
Inside a House That Is Haunted
Inside a House That Is Haunted by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, author of the Biscuit series, is a great story for getting your preschooler engaged. When a visitor knocks on the door of a haunted house, the whole house, including a spider, a ghost, a cat, and a monster are thrown into a tizzy, allowing anyone who is reading aloud to get creative with lots of voices and special effects.
It’s written in a way that builds on itself as it repeats lines but adds more to the story with each repetition. Think of it like a spooky-fun, slapstick version of the story, The House That Jack Built.
Go Away, Big Green Monster
For children who are a bit more worried than excited about Halloween, reach for Go Away, Big Green Monster, by Ed Emberley. Using die-cut, brightly colored pages, the pages form a scary monster, but that’s only part of the story! By telling the monster, “You don’t scare me!” as you turn the pages, the scary features go away, and the monster disappears.
This book is a great way to help young children understand that they are in control of their fears and that somethings aren’t as scary as they maybe thought they were at first.
Happy Halloween from Our Raleigh Preschool!
These are just a few of our favorite Halloween books for toddlers and preschoolers. We know that books are an amazing way to help children get excited, learn new ideas, and even overcome fears and worries, not to mention reading with children is a great way to bond and connect. At our Raleigh child care center, reading and books play a big role in our play and discovery-based preschool curriculum.
If you’d like to enroll your child in a 5-star preschool in Raleigh, reach out to us! To schedule a tour with our Raleigh preschool, call us today at 919-790-6888 for our Spring Forest Road location and 919-785-0303 for our North Hills Drive Center.